Dana White Delivers for NYC Fans, Talks 'TUF' Superfight and Respecting Kimbo
Late Monday night, Dana White tweeted that he would be handing out free tickets to UFC 104 at a Pinkberry in midtown Manhattan. Several minutes before his expected arrival, I decided to check out the scene, fully expecting there to be 10 to 15 people hanging outside. Not so.
When I arrived there were at least 50 people anxiously waiting for White, and when he showed up 30 minutes later, there were at least 100 people outside, along with two police officers. Without hesitation, White promised every single person there a free ticket to UFC 104 in Los Angeles. FanHouse then briefly spoke to White while he was enjoying his frozen yogurt about Wednesday's much-anticipated edition of The Ultimate Fighter featuring Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson. The interview is below.
With or Without UFC, Roger Huerta Ready for Next Chapter of Life
As Maynard applied more torque to the hold and rotated Huerta's shoulder behind him at a disturbing angle, referee Dan Miragliotta stood watch, ready for a tapout that seemed immiment. After bending Huerta's arm about as far as the human appendage can go, Maynard told Miragliotta, "I'm breaking it!" Huerta, who could say nothing because Maynard had his leg covering his mouth, shook his head, telling Miragliotta not to stop the fight. Eventually, Huerta worked his way out.
"Maybe it was just the adrenaline, or maybe it was God protecting my arm," said Huerta, who suffered only a strained shoulder and elbow and was back working out within days. "I'll tell you this much: When he did start cranking it, I said, 'If it goes, it goes.' Even if it did break, I wouldn't tap. I thought, 'I'm not tapping. I'm finishing this fight.'
Roy Nelson Talks About Kimbo Bout
"Roy Nelson and Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson are the two biggest names on The Ultimate Fighter 10, and on the next episode the two square off in an elimination bout. While several contestants were licking their chops at the opportunity to fight "Kimbo," Nelson wasn't one of them.
Coach Quinton "Rampage" Jackson picked the first two match ups on the show and Rashad Evans' team won both of them. When Evans got the chance to play match maker, he immediately put his most seasoned fighter against Jackson's most known. Nelson spoke with MMAWeekly.com about how the bout with "Kimbo" was made."
Chute Boxe leader talks Machida vs. Shogun
“That’s a tough fight, really tough, and I think that, when we talk about team partners, Lyoto is more consistent, but Shogun is a brave guy and can overcome. We have to wait, I think is 50% for each. They’re two top athletes, Lyoto is on an extraordinary phase, and Shogun has that impetus. And don’t know with whom he’s training, and I think that maybe this partners can make the difference”, said Fedrigo, in the exclusive interview you can read here.
Rafael Dos Anjos and the first UFC victory
Rafael dos Anjos had reasons to celebrate on UFC 103. Winning for the first time in the UFC octagon, Rafael went back to Brazil with the job done, and spoke with TATAME.com about the unanimous decision victory over Rob Emerson. “The victory came on the right time. I was waiting for almost a year for it, it was very important, a decisive moment to me. I make the fight go the way I imagined in my head and it was perfect“, said Rafael, who worked the kicks really well.
Jacaré talks ADCC ’09 and Strikeforce debut
“I’m excited, I’m training a lot MMA and you can expect a show from me. I’ll make my job and I’ll take the belt from whoever has it. I’ll do my job, taking fight by fight, and when they put me to fight for the belt I’ll be ready“, guarantees, seeing Jason Miller, who he defeated on Dream, being rumored to a title fight. “Let that clown fight for the belt, then I’ll take it from him (laughs)“, finished the black belt.
Kenny Florian looking to make a statement against Clay Guida on Dec.12
“I think a lot of people like watching Clay fight because he’s always going to be in your face, he’s always right there. He’s one of those guys who’s not the most technical fighter in the world, but I tell you on any given day he can beat you — and that goes from the best at 155 to the middle of the pack. He’s always right there and he’s gonna be knockin’ on that door so I have to be ready. It’s not hard to get up for a fight against Clay Guida. I know I have my hands full and it’s a fight I’m looking forward to. It’s an honor to fight a guy like that and hopefully we can have a war like he’s had in the past and put on a good fight. I don’t know how it’s going to finish but it’s going to be an exciting fight while it lasts. I definitely don’t want to win by judges decision, I’m going to try and make a statement with this fight.”
Paul Daley: ‘The legend is true’
It took Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley just 151 seconds of his UFC debut to turn style into substance, hype into reality, a game plan into a knockout and Martin Kampmann, as well as millions of fans, from cynics to believers.
The UFC newcomer from Nottingham displayed the striking ferocity, heavy hands and headstrong attitude that he’d always talked about and - for those that had seen him before - exhibited in other organisations.
With Rampage Out, Huerta Wants Back In
Before he burns any bridges with the UFC, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson might want to take a look at the cautionary tale of Roger Huerta. After losing what was supposed to be his last match in the UFC before running off to a land of riches and pain-free adulation in Hollywood, Huerta now says he might like to stick around and see where this fighting thing takes him. And what caused this tremendous shift from the guy who signed a development deal with Lion’s Gate Films and has been very vocal about his displeasure with the UFC in the past? From the sound of it, this acting plum isn’t quite as sweet as Huerta thought it would be.
Spike TV launches weekly "TUF 10" companion Web series hosted by Amir Sadollah
Looking to capitalize on the initial success of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," which debuted Sept. 16 with record ratings, Spike TV today announced it has launched a companion Web series on Spike.com.
"The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath," hosted by season-seven winner Amir Sadollah, debuted today.
The digital series features a round-table discussion about the previous "TUF" episode." The two fighters from each episode's fight and other notables will be guests on each episode of "The Aftermath."
Elena "Babydoll" Reid - Future Star Of Women's MMA
As one of the fastest rising prospects in mixed martial arts, former WIBA and IFBA Women's Flyweight Boxing Champion Elena "Babydoll" Reid is seen by many as the future of the sport. She talks with MMARising.com about her career to date.
There are very few mixed martial artists who are touted as the future of an entire division after just two fights. Reid is one of those few. Following her 53-second televised destruction of Stephanie Palmer in October of 2008, Reid was hailed by many within the MMA media as a future star. Already a two-time world champion in boxing, and one of the best female boxers in the world, there are few if any challengers in MMA who can compete with Reid's striking.
Now 3-0-0 and having already engaged in one of the most action-packed women's bouts of 2009 when she defeated Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson in April, Reid will look to add MMA gold to her collection when she meets Japanese veteran Masako Yoshida in a title fight at an Extreme Beatdown event on October 24th.
Thiago Silva “I Want The Belt”
Two days after knocking Keith Jardine out on UFC 102, Thiago Silva was already training hard on American Top Team. Without thinking about rest, the Brazilian spoke with TATAME.com about his biggest objective on UFC. “I want the belt and I’m working hard for it. I get rest one day and it’s fine, I’ll start the battle if, when UFC call me, I’ll be ready“, said Thiago, who talked about his desire to fight Lyoto Machida again, the next title fight between Machida and Mauricio Shogun, the training with his old time rival, Luis “Banha“ Cane, Rogério Minotouro coming on UFC and more.
Cung Le on Title Situation and New Movie
magine you wake up on a spacecraft and you don’t know who you are or why you’re there. You think you are only one of two survivors, but suddenly learn you are not alone. Factor in a mental condition that causes hallucinations, disorientation, and madness.
This scenario is the plot to the upcoming film Pandorum starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, and San Shou and MMA champion Cung Le, due for release on Sept. 25 across North America.
MMAWeekly.com caught up with Le during his recent press tour to discuss the film, his inclusion in the Round 5 MMA figure line, and the recent announcement that he relinquished the Strikeforce middleweight title.
Marcus Jones: UFC Tougher Than NFL
When the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter debuts Wednesday night on Spike, most of the eyes will be on Kimbo Slice, the street fighter turned YouTube star who is trying to make it into the UFC. But Kimbo is far from the most accomplished athlete on the upcoming season.
Nate "The Rock" Quarry is Left 4 Dead
PDG: Ok we need to talk about some video gaming. Have you had any down time after your training to play any games?
Nate Quarry: Oh yeah, I was actually able to play the UFC Undisputed 2009 game for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I got a chance to be a guest online and play some of the mixed martial arts fans that were online. It was a great time! The game I am looking forward to the most though is Left 4 Dead 2. The creators of the game did a photo shoot with me and I am going to be one of the Zombies that you fight in the game. I'm really excited to be involved in the project.
UFC Newcomer Jay Silva Still Doesn't Believe His Dream Has Come True
Two years ago, Jay Silva was just a nightclub bouncer in New York City who got into a lot of fights and liked watching MMA on television. Then a chance encounter with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 78 in Newark, N.J., led to him moving to California to begin his MMA career. Next week, he'll make his Octagon debut when he steps in on short notice to face CB Dollaway at UFC Night 19 in Oklahoma City. Dollaway's original opponent, Dan Miller, was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering an undisclosed infection.
Wanderlei Silva discusses facial surgery
Wanderlei Silva checks in with his fans via his video blog, and extensively discusses his facial surgery, as well as new tattoos, and more. For those not wanting to watch the whole video, the surgery was the first thing he talks about.
Ray Mercer: MMA fighters have no heart
Ray Mercer -"It Kills Me How None Of Those MMA Guys Want To Fight Me Now!"
James Slater: It's a pleasure to speak with you, Champ, as always. Firstly, is the fight with Andreas Gustafsson a definite for September 4th?
Ray Mercer: No, I'm not taking that fight now. I was supposed to leave yesterday.
J.S: Oh, does that mean you're retired, Ray?
R.M: No, I'm not retired. I was gonna take the fight, but I had a little accident, that's all.
J.S: Sweden, of course, is the site of your last boxing win - when you beat Richel Hersisia (last September). Are you popular over there?
R.M: Oh yeah, I love fighting over there, man. I love it in Sweden.